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Once Upon an Island [Kindle Edition]

D M Potter
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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    Product Description

    Product Description

    Once Upon an Island – next generation story telling.


    Remember those old pick a path books where you flipped back and forth through the book?
    Well this is better! No more turning pages back and forth. Links take you right to the next part of the story!

    You have been invited to New Zealand to stay on a beautiful island. Right from the start you get to pick what happens. Watch out. Not every path is safe. You could be dragged to the bottom of the sea by a giant squid, go back in time, get kidnapped by pirates and a whole lot more. If you survive there are rich rewards.
    Good luck. You’ll need it.

    Product details

    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 197 KB
    • Publisher: Fairytale Factory NZ ltd (29 Dec 2013)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B00ARMMBEO
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #135,288 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    Deb Potter loves living in the digital age and thinks google and the internet are almost as important human achievements as vaccinations and the automatic washing machine.

    When Deb first tried an Ebook she thought, 'Now stories don't always have to go from A to B.' She found herself thinking about interactive stories and wondering what would make a good one. Her first Ebook 'Once Upon An Island' took quite a while as she got feedback from kids about how they made choices and what they enjoyed in an interactive story, and she also read a lot of old-style books which got you to turn to a different page. The second book was very enjoyable to write 'In the Magician's House' was just a small part of a larger story she was writing but it captured her imagination and took over completely.

    The third interactive book 'Pirate Island' was written with fellow kiwi, novelist Blair Polly. "Blair has a lifetime of sailing experience which I was keen to get into a book. This story has a lot of great detail about how things work which I always enjoy reading myself."

    The two are currently collaborating on another novel and Deb is also writing a steam punk space story. "Steam punk is incredible fun. I'm having such a good time with the story I may never finish."

    In her day job Deb works as a statistician. She has previously worked as a journalist, media skills tutor and when she was at university the first time round she shelved books at the public library to pay the rent.

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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Interactive Book for kids 25 Feb 2014
    By Nat79
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    A great fun book full of short stories that change each time you read it with the different options you choose. I haven't read an interactive book since I was 10 yrs old and it was just as much fun as I remembered. Best thing is, it's a book that you can read time and again and not get bored - because the story changes!
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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    There is one word for this highly original book. Fun! I'm years away from childhood but I so enjoyed playing this game. At the end of each short chapter the reader is given two options. Choose one and off you go, on your own special adventure, making choices all the way. I went back and tried out everything. At least I THINK I tried all the options. 'Once upon an Island' is full of surprises, none of which I'm going to reveal. I might just mention the rock ..... no, no, I musn't, you'll have to find out for yourself. I did laugh at what happens if you choose not to go to the island. And if you didn't get into the boat... oops no, I don't want to spoil the fun.

    This would be an ideal book to keep kids happy on a long journey, or if they have to rest in bed or at any time! D.M. Potter must have worked incredibly hard to create this magical maze of stories. Everything flows easily from one exciting event to the next. Highly recommended.
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    Oh my gosh! Once Upon an Island by D M Potter is so much fun. The book is an interactive adventure that both boys and girls will enjoy. Throughout the story there are decision points, such as "rescue the dog yourself" or "let a crew member rescue the dog," or "choose between the left and right tunnels." Depending upon your choice, different story lines are routed to your ereader. And you get the fun of tracing back to the beginning and choosing the other options. I did wish that my kindle would have indicated whether I'd read all of the branches of the story, but it is old and I doubt it has that functionality.

    Ms. Potter puts the reader into the story because she refers to Max and Stella, who are your cousins, but the narrator also refers to "you." This technique will make it fun for young readers to pretend that they are in the story as well. The numerous adventures that you face with Max and Stella are creative and exciting. There are sea monsters, time travel, kidnappings, dinosaurs, caves with hidden tunnels to be explored, and others that I don't want to reveal so that I don't give away any of the surprises.

    I agree with the author's recommendation that this book is for children who approximately nine or older. Younger children might be confused by the multiple story lines. That being said, the older children will absolutely love exploring this book and finding all of the variations to the story line. This is the most original format I've read lately, and I loved it! I can't wait to read some of Ms. Potter's other books.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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    I've been looking forward to reading this book for a while, and it didn't disappoint. I wasn't quite sure what an interactive story entailed, but enjoyed the way this one worked. The reader is basically referred to as "You" throughout, and worked seamlessly into the story as the main character. You are then given decisions to make at various points throughout the story, and your answers decide what happens next. Great for kids who like to be in control of their own destiny, and fun for everyone to go through several times just to answer the questions of "What if..."

    This particular story is set among the islands of New Zealand, and, among other things, includes time travel, interesting historical details, kidnapping, and giant squid! Just, whatever you do DON'T choose....no, I'm not going to spoil it for you. I recommend that you read it yourself.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Interactive adventure fun for kids 17 Feb 2014
    By Amazon Customer TOP 500 REVIEWER
    Format:Kindle Edition
    "Once Upon an Island" by D M Potter was my first experience with an interactive book and I found it surprisingly easy to figure out and great fun. Although I was worried that I might miss some very good storylines if I followed the wrong path the options took me to some exciting places and through the participation I felt much more part of the story than I thought. I might become a fan of the concept after all.

    Only I cannot tell you what I experienced personally, you have to take the journey yourselves. As the title implies the story takes place on the sea and involves great adventures.
    This is a fun read that also gives you the option to go back to the story and experience a slightly different adventure and maybe even outcome?

    Great fun for readers aged nine and above.
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